GDA Action September 2013
GDA Action is the monthly journal of the Georgia Dental Association.
THE JOURNAL OF THE GEORGIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION ACT ION SEPTEMBER 2013 VOLUME 32, NUMBER 9 • SEPTEMBER 2013 ACTION GDA ACTION (ISSN 0273-5989) The official publication of the Georgia Dental Association (GDA) is published monthly. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to GDA Action at 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Road N.E., Suite 200, Building 17, Atlanta, GA 30328. Phone numbers in state are (404) 636-7553 and (800) 432-4357. www.gadental.org. Closing date for copy: first of the month preceding publication month. Subscriptions: $17 of membership dues is for the newsletter; all others, $75 per year. Periodicals postage paid at Atlanta, GA. Dr. David Bradberry GDA Editor 1070 Woodlawn Dr NE Suite 250 Marietta, GA 30068 Delaine Hall GDA Managing Editor 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE Suite 200, Building 17 Atlanta, GA 30328 on the cover All dentists licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry who have authority to prescribe or order controlled substances are now allowed to register for access to the Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. By accessing the program, among other benefits, dentists can track how patients are filling their prescriptions, see if patients are doctor shopping, and see how many prescriptions are being filled in the doctor’s name. See how to register for the PDMP starting on page 12. THE JOURNAL OF THE GEORGIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION ACT ION SEPTEMBER 2013 2013-14 Georgia Dental Association Officers Marshall H. Mann, DDS, President Douglas B. Torbush, DDS, President Elect Greg G. Goggans, DMD, Vice President James B. Hall III, DDS, Secretary / Treasurer R. David Bradberry, DMD, Editor GDA/GDIS Executive Office Staff Members Nelda Greene, MBA, Interim Executive Director Delaine Hall, Director of Communications Skip Jones, Director of Marketing (GDIS) Courtney Layfield, Director of Member Services Victoria LeMaire, Medical Accounts Manager Melana Kopman McClatchey, General Counsel Denis Mucha, Director of Operations (GDIS) Margo Null, Property and Casualty Accounts Manager Meg Robinson, Director of Governmental Affairs Patrice Williams, Administrative Assistant Phyllis Willich, Administrative Assistant Pamela Yungk, Director of Membership & Finance GDA Action seeks to be an issues-driven journal focusing on current matters affecting Georgia dentists, patients, and their treatment, accomplished through disseminating information and providing a forum for member commentary. © Copyright 2013 by the Georgia Dental Association. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission. Publication of any article or advertisement should not be deemed an endorsement of the opinions expressed or products advertised. The Association expressly reserves the right to refuse publication of any article, photograph, or advertisement. other features 16 18 24 26 27 29 Rural Dental Health Scrutinized at Legislative Conference District, Alliance Leaders Discuss Challenges for Next Year Mann Discusses Association Strengths in Acceptance Speech Honorable Fellows Recognized for Distinguished Service Community Service Honorees Give Back to Less Fortunate GDA Dentists Hit Service and Membership Milestones GDA Meeting Photo Review: Faces and Smiles sections 4 5 6 8 11 33 Parting Shots Editorial Guest Editorial News and Views Upcoming Events Classifieds Member Publication American Association of Dental Editors 30 index of advertisers Note: Publication of an advertisement is not to be construed as an endorsement or approval by the GDA or any of its subsidiaries, committees, or task forces of the product or service offered in the ADS South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 AFTCO Transition Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Atlanta Dental Imaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 CBC Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Center for TMJ Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Children’s Dental Sedation Center . . . . . . . . . .39 Craniofacial Pain Center of Georgia . . . . . . . .15 Dental Care Alliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Dr. Mark Padolsky—TMD Dentist . . . . . . . . . .33 advertisement unless the advertisement specifically includes an authorized statement that such approval or endorsement has been granted. National Practice Transitions, LLC . . . . . . . . . .21 Officite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Paragon Dental Practice Transitions . . . . . . . .36 PNC Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Professional Practice Management . . . . . . . . .37 Six Month Smiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Southeast Transitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 UBS Financial Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Fyffe Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 GDA Dental Recovery Network . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry . . . .23 Georgia Dental Insurance Services . . . . . . . . .40 Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists . . . . . .25 Great Expressions Dental Centers . . . . . . . . . .35 Hospital Dentistry—Dr. Kurtzman . . . . . . . . . .36 Law Office of Stuart J. Oberman . . . . . . . . . . .34 Medical Protective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 editorial perspective Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes… As a caterpillar must change into a butterfly, so must change come into our lives. Change is occurring at blurring speed in our profession as in others. That is what life is all about, isn’t it? Each of us grows and changes as we progress through life. For those of us who have been around awhile, we have seen a lot of changes in what I feel are short careers. Those of you who have less time “in the trenches” and haven’t seen that much change, just wait—you will! All things must change over time or grow stale and stagnate. We are blessed in our state to see four distinct seasons. By the time you read this, the winds of the new fall season will be upon us, my favorite time of the year. Football! Why all this talk of change you ask? Change is upon all Georgia dentists. There have been many changes this year, some we knew were coming and some not so anticipated. As many of you are aware, the College of Dental Medicine (I’m still having a hard time with the name) has had a change of captains. Dean Connie Drisko announced her intent to move on to another chapter of her life and leave piloting the CODM to another. In an interim capacity, the ship is piloted by Dr. Carol Lefebvre. To you, Dr. Lefebvre, we say welcome and the GDA looks forward to working with you and continuing the great relationship of the GDA with the CODM. In the same line of thought, the day-today captain of the Georgia Dental Association has decided that the time has come for a new chapter in her life. Martha Phillips, our executive director and dedicated employee of the GDA, has stepped aside to allow another captain to pilot the GDA ship. Notice I did not say she retired, but stepped toward a new chapter. I don’t think either of these ladies could ever contemplate retirement. They are obviously wired in their DNA for the profession. Martha has given blood, sweat, tears, laughter, and anything else that could be mentioned to the dentists of Georgia for the past 35 years. There is no doubt that anyone who has worked with her any length of time will say that she has been a dedicated and determined force for the good of Georgia dentists. Everyone who has practiced in this state during Martha’s time as director has and will continue to benefit from her vision, clarity of purpose, and determination to protect, preserve, and improve the dental profession for practitioners and patients. Whether you have worked with her or not, or agreed with her or not on any particular position, there is a plain and simple fact to this most complicated person. She may try to hide it but her heart gives it away—Martha Phillips loves the dentists of Georgia and has given to them out of this abundant love. I can tell you that she and indeed all of the staff that we are privileged to work with give many folds over what they receive. One of my basic goals in anything I do is to try in some measure to leave whatever I was part of better than before. Every month I try to bring something to those few who read this but now I’m going to speak directly in the first person. Martha, the profession we are all privileged to be a part of is measurably better from having known you and has gained much from your love, dedication, and wisdom. Having said that, don’t think you can escape that easily. For we all know as we steer our ship forward that your heart is with us and your wisdom is nearby. Please take with you our everlasting gratitude and appreciation. Though your shoes may not be filled the same way, the GDA will continue to make you proud. Change is here and the GDA will move forward, growing and ever-working for all of us with Nelda Greene currently at the helm. Welcome to the wheelhouse, Nelda! I hope everyone will let these women know of their appreciation for all that they do and have done. I applaud and thank you and every one of the GDA staff for a job well done. And finally—thank you Martha (no crying allowed, this is just the intro). R. David Bradberry, DMD GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 5 guest editorial An Escort to the Finish Line James H. Reynierson III, DMD* Having grown up in Kentucky, the springtime has always been a favorite of mine. Not only is the weather terrific, but the horses are running those Triple Crown races. For those four-legged professionals, the goal is to finish strong, finish well, and hopefully, finish in the money. For the owner of a thoroughbred, a good showing is always important for the next race. Finish lines and the order of finish do matter. After breeding, it is hard to say if grooms or trainers or jockeys matter the most. Knowing me, you have already figured there is a sermon here somewhere that I would like to pass on. I hope it will be of help to another GDA member. Over the past four years, I have developed a progressive osteoarthritis and it has particularly affected my hands. This has certainly changed the finish line for me as I now find myself out of a dental practice that I truly loved. In anticipation, or perhaps more from concern, I have had to re-think the homestretch run and in particular, how I might continue to function and as who in the race of life. My â€œfinish lineâ€? for dentistry used to be undefined and very distant. You plan for the worst while expecting the very best. In 2002, when I served on the GDA Board of Trustees, we looked carefully and closely at endorsing a member benefit program for retirement plans and financial planning. We listened to several presentations and debated the issue at length. After due diligence and much discussion at many levels, from the Finance Committee to the House of Delegates, the GDA selected Wile Consulting Group of UBS to assist those GDA members seeking help with their retirement plans or in need of financial planning. I underestimated how important that decision would become for me and my family. I am now absolutely certain that we made a very good selection after I was forced to change my own finish line. Harris Gignilliat and the team at UBS have managed my 401K for almost a decade. I brought to UBS a very inefficient and disorganized retirement plan, where I was responsible for all of the heavy lifting. Administering this plan was like a part-time job. Harris skillfully arranged a complex consolidation and successfully streamlined the functions of my retirement plan. Since that time, he has been attentive to my changing needs, including suggesting 6 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 plan modifications based on my age and a proposed “finish line.” Not only has UBS managed my 401K office plan through some difficult years, but they have enabled us to rebound from 2008 better than expected. My more conservative approach, and their guidance on plan selection, has provided me a safety net. Several years ago, Harris had Justin Patteson of their firm take me through a very detailed financial planning process without either of us knowing the dramatic changes the future had in store. This financial planning opportunity, part of the service UBS provides to all GDA members, is a terrific opportunity to assess your position (“a failure to plan is a plan to fail” type stuff). I am now very appreciative that UBS guided me through developing ideas, goals, and ‘what-ifs.’ With things organized into a clear report that served as our roadmap, my wife and I had a flexible template to follow. During my difficult transition out of clinical practice, I found UBS to be more helpful than ever. Their advice and recommendations added value and they played well as they worked with my personal accountant. Their availability is incredible. UBS’s Paul Stephans provided me additional security and advisement as we moved funds from the retirement account and developed investment profiles that are best for me with no cash flow from a dental practice. The UBS personalities have made this relationship similar to small town banking yet, I am certain you are aware of how significant the Union Bank of Switzerland really is—they are the largest private bank in the world. Whether in dentistry or banking, relationships matter. I’ve enjoyed having a personal relationship with UBS. We meet periodically to review my plan and talk about life. We always planned encounters at every GDA Annual Meeting and I appreciate my advisors’ concerns for my individual welfare, always. My experience has mirrored what personal banking truly is, a rare service these days. The folks at UBS have been counselors and friends when I needed certainty in a time of transition. The Wile Group is a comprehensive team and yet, I know every one of them and they all know me and my situation. More importantly, I get the feeling that they care. They have taken my disappointments and laments in stride. Their approach has been positive, encouraging, and determined. I like the feel that I am running a race with a great team. The Wile Consulting Group also offers significant support to the GDA, which makes me feel like my participation has a double benefit, both to me and the Association as a whole. My personal experiences with UBS have been excellent. I would recommend you obtain their counsel and explanation of options that are available to you as a GDA member, or just get a second opinion as you move along your track. I believe our access to UBS is a strong benefit of GDA membership and I am glad our organization looks out for us. *Dr. Jim Reynierson in the Eastern District submitted this unsolicited commentary to GDA Action with the hope that other GDA member dentists might benefit from the insight his personal experiences provided to him. GDA members with questions about any endorsed service or product may contact the GDA office by phone at (800) 432-4357 or (404) 636-7553, or visit the GDA web site www.gadental.org. GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 7 general news DENTAL LICENSE Renewal Process The time to renew your dental license is fast approaching! Your GDA wants to help you make this renewal cycle quick and painless. All individuals, including dentists and dental hygienists, seeking to renew their professional licenses this year will be required to submit proof of citizenship or legal residency as part of the process. You can submit that necessary documentation now. There is no requirement that you wait to submit this citizenship documentation with your license renewal information later this year. In fact if you do so now, it will help the Georgia Board of Dentistry (Board) issue your renewed license more expeditiously. So here is what you need to know: • Get your secure and verifiable documents proving your citizenship ready for submission. Any driver’s license issued by one of the United States, a passport or passport card issued by the U.S. or a foreign government, a U.S. military identification card, or one of the other approved forms of proof listed on the Georgia Attorney General’s web site is acceptable. Dentists can access the list by visiting http://law.ga.gov and going to the “key issues” tab at the top of the screen. Once there, click on “Immigration Reports” and look for the document entitled “list of secure and verifiable documents.” • Fill out and have notarized the Affidavit of Citizenship which is available on the Board’s web site at http://gbd.georgia.gov under the “Documents” tab. Once there, dentists should click on “Download Forms” and look for the form entitled “Affidavit Regarding Citizenship.” • Once the Affidavit of Citizenship is fully executed, submit it along with a suitable copy of your secure and verifiable document (driver’s license, passport, etc.). Those two items can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to (678) 717-6694, or mail to the Board office at 2 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Once submitted, please do not call the Board to verify receipt of your documents. Doing so will slow down the submission and renewal process. Note that you will NOT receive a confirmation from the Board that they have received your information. The Board anticipates that license renewals will begin in early October. With the transition from Macon to Atlanta, the state needed to develop certain information technology platforms to facilitate payment of license renewal fees. The GDA will notify members when the Board’s renewal process begins or you can visit their web site to check. The GDA reported that as part of the Board’s transition, fees for dental licenses, renewals, permits, and fines would increase. The fee increases are necessary to ensure that the Board has the resources to appropriately fulfill its purpose of protecting the public. Beginning with the December 2013 renewal period, dentists should expect that their license renewal fee will increase to $260, up from the $175 which dentists have previously been paying. Renewal fees for dental hygienists will NOT increase. GRU senior dental student Michael Winstead receives a $500 GDA / GDIS Scholarship for Dental Student Excellence from President Marshall Mann. Dr. Mann presented the scholarship at the GRU College of Dental Medicine’s Welcome Back Luncheon in August. NDDS Daraja Day For the third year, Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics provided free dental care to the 28 members of the Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa. The choir aims to provide Ugandan children the opportunity to grow in confidence and learn leadership skills to apply to everyday life in Africa while offering spiritual praise. ACD fielded a team of 27 volunteers, including pediatric dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and individuals from the community to provide the care. SCHOLARSHIP GDA GDIS GRU Kudos to Georgia Regents University senior dental student Michael Winstead. He is the 2013 recipient of the Georgia Dental Association / Georgia Dental Insurance Services Scholarship for Dental Student Excellence. To be honored with the $500 scholarship, a student must be a junior or senior at GRU, have shown proven leadership in one or more GDA / ASDA organized dentistry activities, be academically ranked in the top 25 of their class, and demonstrate integrity and professionalism. Michael, our sincere congratulations on your scholarship and your hard work. 8 Click on this image with your favorite code reader app (i-nigma is one that works well) to access a video of the Daraja Children’s Choir visiting Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry and singing. GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 Dr. Meaghan Kindregan of Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry with members of the Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa. The practice has provided free dental care for the international touring group every year for three years when they visit Georgia. “The day was an opportunity to have a global impact in providing dental care for children and I am so grateful that we were able to provide our services for these incredible children,” said Dr. George MacMaster. “We are passionate about helping others in need and through our involvement with Daraja Day, we were able to provide an awesome experience for kids who do not regularly receive dental care. When the choir visited, the day was filled with lots of laughter, lots of fun, and lots of singing.” Young, who served as GDA President in 1999, was a member of the GDA through the Northwestern District. He was a 1967 Ohio State University School of Dentistry graduate and a general dentist. He was a GDA Honorable Fellow and ADA Life Member. He was a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists. After graduating from dental school, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve Dental Corps. When he came off of active duty, Dr. Young settled in Marietta to open a private practice. Before becoming GDA president, Dr. Young helmed the GDA Peer Review Committee, served on the ADA Delegation, served in the GDA House of Delegates, and led the Northwestern District as president. Both his daughter, Dr. Julie Tanner, and son, Dr. Jason Young, practiced with Dr. Young. He is survived by his wife Jenny Lee, his son and daughter-in-law, his daughter and sonin-law, and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb, 1605 Roberta Dr, Marietta, GA 30008 or to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Rd, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. NEWS AND VIEWS Continued page 11 DENTISTS In Memoriam The GDA extends sympathy to the family and colleagues of the following individuals. Robert J. Pasersky, DDS, who died August 4, 2013, at the age of 79. Dr. Pasersky was a member of the GDA through the Northern District. He was a 1966 Emory University School of Dentistry graduate and a general dentist. He was an ADA Retired Life Member. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elaine Clark Center, 5130 Peachtree Dunwoody Blvd, Chamblee, GA 30341. Kenneth H. Young, DDS, who died August 26, 2013, at the age of 70. Dr. GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 9 10 GDA ACTION / SEPTEMBER 2013 Upcoming GDA / Dental Events OCTOBER 2013 Tues, Oct 8: Eastern District Membership Meeting and GDA Officer Visit. Thurs, Oct 10: Western District OSHA Course, Green Island Country Club, Columbus. Thurs-Sat, Oct 10-12: ADA Fifth District Caucus (GA, AL, MS Delegations) Meeting, Atlanta. Wed, Oct 16: Northern District CE Program, Villa Christina, Atlanta. Sat, Oct 19: GDA Alliance Assembles Dental Kits at GDA Office, Atlanta, 9:30AM. Wed, Oct 23: Northwestern District Membership Meeting / GDA Officer Visit, Clarence Brown Center, Cartersville, 6-9PM. Fri, Oct 25: Georgia Assn of Orthodontists Expanded Duties Training for Ortho Assistants, Roswell. See www.gaortho.org for details. Mon, Oct 28: Northern District Membership Meeting / GDA Officer Visit, Villa Christina, Atlanta. Thurs-Sun, Oct 31-Nov 3: ADA Annual Session, New Orleans, LA. Sun, Jan 12: House of Delegates, Marriott Perimeter Center, Atlanta. Mon, Jan 13: Dental Health Day, GDA Capitol (Distribute Dental Kits). Thurs, Jan 16: Northern District CE Event, The Retreat at Perimeter Center. Fri, Jan 17: Southeastern District Membership Meeting / GDA Officer Visit, Armstrong Center, Savannah. Fri-Sat, Jan 24-25: GAGD Annual Meeting, Marriott Century Center, Atlanta. Wed, Jan 29: LAW Day, GRU Dental Students, State Capitol. Fri-Sun, Nov 15-17: GDA Alliance Wellness Retreat, The James Madison Inn, Madison. Sat, Nov 16: GDA Board of Trustees Meeting, GDA Office. Tues, Nov 19: Eastern District (Athens) Legislative Reception. Thurs, Nov 21: Southwestern District (Albany) Legislative Reception, Doublegate CC, 6PM. Thurs-Fri, Nov 28-29: GDA Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday. DECEMBER 2013 Tues, Dec 3: Central District Legislative Reception, Macon. Wed, Dec 4: Northwestern District Legislative Fish Fry, Clarence Brown Center, Cartersville, 6-9PM. Thurs, Dec 5: Southeastern District Legislative Reception, Harper Fowlkes House, Savannah, 6:30PM. Fri, Dec 6: Atlanta Dental Study Club Continuing Education, The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, Atlanta. Fri-Sat, Dec 6-7: GDA Expanded Duties Training for Dental Assistants, Columbus. Wed, Dec 11: Northern District Legislative Reception, 103 West, Atlanta, 6-8PM. Thurs, Dec 12: Northern District Hall County Branch Legislative Reception, Chattahoochee CC, Gainesville, 6-8PM. Mon-Wed, Dec 23-25: GDA Office Closed for Christmas Holiday. FEBRUARY 2014 Wed, Feb 5: LAW Day, Georgia Dental Society and North Georgia Dental Society, State Capitol. Wed, Feb 12: LAW Day, Eastern District, State Capitol. Wed, Feb 12: Northern District CE Program, Villa Christina, Atlanta. Wed, Feb 19: LAW Day, Northwestern District, State Capitol. Wed, Feb 26: LAW Day, Western District and Northern District (Eastern and Northern Branches), State Capitol. NOVEMBER 2013 Fri-Tues, Nov 1-5: ADA House of Delegates, New Orleans, LA. Thurs, Nov 7: Western District Legislative Reception. Fri, Nov 8: Georgia Assn of Orthodontists Expanded Duties Training for Ortho Assistants, Augusta. See www.gaortho.org for details. Mon, Nov 11: Northern District Executive Council Meeting, GDA Office. Tues, Nov 12: Eastern District (Augusta) Legislative Reception, West Lake CC. Thurs, Nov 14: Southwestern District (Valdosta) Legislative Reception, Steel Magnolias, 6:30PM. Fri, Nov 15: GDA Spokesperson Training Program, GDA Office. MARCH 2014 Mon, Mar 3: Northern District Executive Council Meeting, GDA Office. Wed, Mar 5: LAW Day, Central District, State Capitol. Wed, Mar 12: LAW Day, Southeastern District / Northern District Hall County Branch. Wed, Mar 19: LAW Day, Northern District Central and Southern Branches. Wed, Mar 26: LAW Day, Southwestern District / Alliance Dental Spouses. Thur-Sat, Mar 27-29: Hinman Dental Society Meeting, www.hinman.org. JANUARY 2014 Wed, Jan 1: GDA Office Closed for New Year Holiday. Mon, Jan 6: Northern District Executive Council Meeting, GDA Office. Fri, Jan 10: GDIS / GDHC / GOHF Board Meetings, GDA Office. Sat, Jan 11: Board of Trustees and Finance Committee Meetings, GDA Office. GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 11 Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Allows Dentists Access to Rx Data Rick Allen, Director Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency On July 26, the switch was finally flipped to turn on access to allow dentists to register and have access to the Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). This means that all practitioners licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry who have authority to prescribe or order controlled substances can now track how patients use their prescriptions and discover, among other things, if patients are drug shopping. Georgia is one of the last states to implement such a program, and our program is based on the best features seen in other programs. What Information You Can Access Georgia dentists can use the Georgia PDMP to determine where (in which pharmacies) their patients are having their controlled substance prescriptions filled. They can also determine if their patients have obtained similar controlled substances from other practitioners and where those prescriptions have been filled. The program will also allow a practitioner to see how many controlled substance prescriptions have been filled in the name of the practitioner. A similar function will allow a practitioner to see how many controlled substance prescriptions have been filling using their DEA permit number. Why Having Prescription Details Are Important Because pharmacists were able to register for the Georgia PDMP first, almost 1,000 have already registered and begun accessing the system. One pharmacist checked the database for several of his patients who he thought were only using his pharmacy to get their hydrocodone and alprazolam prescriptions filled. To his surprise, he found that ALL of the patients he checked had visited multiple physicians, had visited multiple other pharmacies, and were getting the same type of prescriptions filled over and over again. The pharmacist decided to stop filling prescriptions for these customers. Another pharmacist checked the database for patients she suspected were doctor-shopping. But to her relief, none of those patients were getting prescriptions filled at any other pharmacy than hers. One dentist who recently joined the system found that multiple prescriptions for controlled substances had been issued under his name without his knowledge. He subsequently discovered that a staff member had forged several prescriptions using his prescription authority. Accessing this system can provide peace of mind for dentists as well as pharmacists. The System Has More Information Every Day Even though dentists have just gained access to the PDMP, community pharmacies have been reporting prescription data to the PDMP since mid-May 2013. The pharmacies were required to report their controlled substance prescription data starting with prescriptions filled on September 1, 2012. The reporting 12 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 numbers have steadily climbed and the database now contains records on close to 15 million prescriptions filled from January through June 2013. In June alone, 2 million controlled substance prescriptions were reported as filled. How Dentists Can Register for the PDMP Please take the time to register for your free access to the PDMP. Don’t wait any longer. Some of you have been waiting for almost nine years for access to a PDMP, so now is the time. To register, just follow these directions: 1) Access the Georgia PDMP web site at www.hidinc.com/gapdmp. 2) Once you are on the main PDMP web site page, click on the Practitioner / Pharmacist link located on the left side menu. 3) On the next page, click on “Registration Site” and a log-in menu will appear. 4) On the log-in menu, type “newacct” in the User Name field, then type “welcome” in the Password field, and click on “OK.” 5) The Georgia PDMP Account Registration Form page will appear. Complete this form. Make sure you type in your name EXACTLY as it appears on the Georgia Board of Dentistry web site, otherwise your application will be flagged for further review. Even if you have recently married or had a name change, type in only what is currently shown on the Board’s web site at http://gbd.georgia.gov. When you type in your dental license number, be sure to include the ‘DN0’ in front of your license number. For those of you with two zeros in front of your license number, please include both zeros. 6) After you finish your registration, you are asked to print out the form for your records. Please do so! 7) During the registration process, you will be asked to choose if you want to opt out of receiving notices of patients that visit more than 5 prescribers and 5 pharmacies in a month. If you do not choose to opt out, you will automatically receive these notices. As soon as your application is approved, you will receive an email with further instructions on completing your registration. This email will ask you to select a PDMP User Name and Password. Once you complete your registration, then you can begin accessing the Georgia PDMP database for information on your controlled substance prescriptions. Restrictions on Using the PDMP Dentists should take note of the confidentiality requirements imposed by law regarding the use of the PDMP system. Violation of those confidentiality requirements can result in very severe and expensive penalties. Practitioners eligible to register for the program (those with the ability to write prescriptions for controlled substances) may access the database for the sole purpose of providing medical or pharmaceutical care to a specific patient. A practitioner may not access information on fellow professionals, staff members, neighbors, or family members unless the individual is a patient for whom the dentist PRESCRIPTION Continued on page 15 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 13 14 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 PRESCRIPTION Continued from page 13 is providing medical or pharmaceutical care. The site contains several screens where providers must confirm that they are only searching for information they are allowed to access. Unauthorized use of the database comes with some very stiff penalties. Should a dentist or other provider knowingly and inappropriately obtain or disclose the information they obtain from the database, the law requires that the provider be punished by imprisonment for up to five years and a fine not to exceed $50,000.00, or both. Any person who knowingly obtains or attempts to obtain or discloses the electronic data under false pretenses is guilty of a felony and is required to be sentenced to not less than one year nor more than five years, a fine not to exceed $100,000.00, or both. Practitioners who have concerns over information they find in the database may not print a profile or report and then share a printed profile or report with ANYONE else, including law enforcement agencies, another health care professional, or even the patient involved. A practitioner should also never reveal the contents of a PDMP profile verbally or in any other fashion to another person or organization. In fact, even law enforcement agencies may only access the PDMP armed with appropriate search warrants. Dentists are encouraged to consult with their personal attorney should information uncovered in the PDMP cause the dentist to consider personnel or patient dismissal. The data accessible in the PDMP includes the: • Dispensing health care provider’s DEA permit number • Dispensing date for the prescription • Prescription serial number • Status of the prescription— new or refill • National Drug Code for the dispensed drug • Quantity and strength of the dispensed drug • Number of days’ supply of the drug prescribed • Patient name, address, date of birth, and gender • Method of payment provided for prescription • Prescription NPI number • Date the prescriber issued the prescription Concluding Thoughts Despite the restrictions the law has placed on the use of PDMP database information, the Georgia PDMP is an excellent tool for prescribers who take the time to use it in order to weed out drug abuse and misuse, and identify patients who are being under-treated by not having their prescriptions filled. If you have any questions, please contact either HID (the database company operating the Georgia PDMP) using their contact information at www.hidinc.com/ gapdmp, or send your questions to the Georgia PDMP managers at GAPDMP@ gdna.ga.gov. Thank you. GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 15 Dental Health in Rural Settings Scrutinized at National Legislative Conference Thousands of state legislators from across the country convened in Atlanta in August for the 2013 Legislative Summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). NCSL is a bipartisan organization that provides research and support to legislators and legislative staff of state legislatures nationwide. Each year, the Legislative Summit facilitates the exchange of ideas, best practices, and model legislation regarding pressing state issues across state lines. Because this year’s Legislative Summit was in Georgia, House Speaker David Ralston and Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle served as honorary co-chairs of the event, and it was well attended by members of the Georgia General Assembly. GDA staff members Meg Robinson, Director of Governmental Affairs, and Melana Kopman McClatchey, General Counsel, attended many of the policy sessions and discussions as well. (Nashville), and Rep. Buddy Harden (Cordele). The program was broken into hour long segments on different strategies to address access to care in rural communities, one of which was dedicated to improving access to dental care in rural America and the policy levers available to state policy makers. The speaker was Dr. Amy Brock Martin, a Research Associate Professor from the Department of Health Services Policy and Management for the University of South Carolina and the Deputy Director of the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center. Her presentation was premised on research she and her team performed indicating a shortage of dentists throughout the United States, particularly in rural communities. She reported that dental care was identified as the most prevalent unmet health need in U.S. children, and rural children had greater unmet dental needs than their urban peers. With that backdrop, Dr. Brock described three “policy levers” available to law makers to strengthen the rural dental safety net’s ability to provide dental services. The first was reducing the level of supervision for dental auxiliary personnel performing preventative services in safety net settings and creation of “alternative dental hygiene models.” In delving into these concepts, Dr. Brock did indicate that whether this is an appropriate solution is dependent on the specific geography, workforce, and political climate in the state. Georgia seems to be ahead of the curve here. Based on the findings of the recent workforce census commissioned by the GDA, Georgia has more than enough dentists to serve patients. The census confirmed that only 19 out of 4,044 dentists who are actively practicing in Georgia—or 0.5 percent of the total—say they cannot accept new patients. Georgia also is active regarding public health hygiene supervision. Since at least 1987, public health hygienists have been permitted to go in to approved facilities of the Department of Public Health and perform services within the scope of their licenses without direct supervision. Another idea that lawmakers were encouraged to consider was allowing reimbursement to non-dental providers, such as physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, who apply fluoride varnish or perform a screening. Along with that, Dr. Brock mentioned one solution all dentists can agree on and that is to increase dental reimbursement rates and reduce bureaucracy in order to entice more dentists to become Medicaid providers. The final “policy lever” mentioned by Dr. Martin was recruitment and retention programs. As one part of a multi-pronged approach to increasing access, Dr. Martin indicated that legislatures should look into state-supported loan repayment programs and other incentive packages aimed at encouraging dentists to locate their practices in rural areas. Session Explores Dental Health Care in Rural Settings Health care policy dominated the conference agenda, with a two-day Health Summit kicking off the week and numerous panels and discussions focused on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, innovations in access, workforce and cost containment, preventive health systems, and issues confronting Medicaid rounding out the week. Issues impacting oral health care delivery and dental providers came up in numerous contexts. On the first morning of the conference, legislators and interested parties convened for a session entitled “Building a Lasting Health Care System in Rural America.” Many states and rural communities are experimenting with different approaches and strategies to overcome distance barriers, and this panel gave legislators, researchers, and experts in the field an opportunity to share ideas on how to address access to care for those living in rural areas. Three Georgia legislators turned out for this session: Sen. Renee Unterman (Buford), Rep. Penny Houston Panelists Discuss Using Lesser Trained Individuals to Provide Care One prevailing theme throughout the program was using lesser trained individuals to do more to fulfill the health care needs of rural communities. A prime example of this trend is the Community Paramedic Program. Community paramedicine was described in the program to be an emerging health care delivery model that increases access to basic services through the use of specially trained emergency medical service providers in an expanded role. Through standardized curriculum in accredited colleges and universities, EMS personnel would be taught to provide primary care, mental health services, disease management, prevention and wellness, and dental care to those who live in rural communities. The bottom line is that across all health care professions, the inclination is to increase access with lesser trained individuals. 16 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 That same theme was evident in one of the final panel discussions of the meeting. Entitled “Meeting the Demand: Strategies to Improve Access to Oral Health Services,” this panel discussion featured Ann Lynch, the former Minnesota state legislator who championed legislation to create dental therapists and the current legislative director for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and Christy Fogarty, the first licensed dental therapist in Minnesota. This panel was sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The perspective of the dental profession was ably represented by Dr. Jane Grover for the American Dental Association. Dr. Sara Goza, an Atlanta area pediatrician, represented the American Academy of Pediatrics. One Georgia legislator, Rep. Michele Henson (Stone Mountain) was also in attendance. Julie Stitzel, campaign manager for the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign, opened the conversation with a presentation framing the issue of access to oral health care as a function of a dental provider shortage in parts of the country and an aging population of dentists nationwide. She also cited a shortage of dentists accepting Medicaid patients, fiscal issues facing the states, and the lack of adult Medicaid dental benefits as reasons why too many Americans are not seeking oral health care through dentists and are instead utilizing emergency room services. The solution she proposed was to “expand the reach of the dental team” with additional providers, similar to physician’s assistants on a medical team, to improve access to care for vulnerable populations in a financially sustainable way. Following her presentation and brief opening remarks from each panelist, the panel addressed specific questions from the roundtable of legislators and legislative staff in the room. Specifically, legislators were advised to review the language in their state’s respective practice acts with an eye towards what they called “unnecessary barriers” to access to oral health care, such as requirements that a dentist first examine a child before a sealant is placed. When asked what she perceived the barriers to mid-level providers to be, Ms. Fogarty responded that it is a fear of the unknown, and cited the many countries that utilize mid-levels already. Ms. Stitzel then pointed out that the barriers are no Julie Stitzel, campaign manager for the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign, opened the conversation with a presentation framing the issue of access to oral health care as a function of a dental provider shortage in parts of the country and an aging population of dentists nationwide. She also cited a shortage of dentists accepting Medicaid patients, fiscal issues facing the states, and the lack of adult Medicaid dental benefits as reasons why too many Americans are not seeking oral health care through dentists and are instead utilizing emergency room services. The solution she proposed was to “expand the reach of the dental team” with additional providers. different than the barriers put up by doctors prior to the introduction of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and that dentistry is merely 30 years behind the times. In addition to these policy conversations, several notable visitors addressed meeting attendees. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was a keynote speaker on the first day of the meeting, and spoke about the need for improved civics education for our country’s young people. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius addressed those attending the Health Summit. While her prepared remarks to the meeting were not controversial, she stayed in Atlanta for additional meetings and appearances following NCSL. In those meetings she was a much harsher critic of Gov. Nathan Deal for his decision not to expand Medicaid coverage, and of Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens for his request of an extension on approval of rates for the federal health care exchange to be implemented in Georgia. These comments underscore just how controversial implementation of the Affordable Care Act remains, how politically significant the national conversation on health care policy is, and how important it is for the GDA to continue to monitor and understand trends on the national and state level as predictors of potential opportunities and difficulties to come. GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 17 2013-14 District and Alliance Presidents d and r. Che entral D s n a The C ogs f Bulld at a game. thodontist ia g r o a o ah Ge n r ins. igh Sm ident is a arner Rob le h s A s dW t Pre on an Distric es in Mac ic ff with o Janelle Kauffman with her aunt Marie Lague in Kansas City. Janelle enjoys lending a hand at the senior living center for friends and family in need and plans to make oral health care education for seniors and institutional staff a focus of her Alliance year. Dr. Greg and Megan Morris with sons Nicholas and Andrew. Son Connor, who just arrived this summer, is not pictured but rest assured is adorable. Dr. Morris is an orthodontist and Bulldogs fan—Central and Southwestern could swap presidents. Eastern District President Dr. Brad Hall with wife Kimberly and daughter Avery. Dr. Hall is a general dentist in Athens. Dr. Julie Ann Routhier with sons Russell and Will at their favorite place—Tybee Island. The Savannah general dentist just joined Georgia’s Delegation to the American Dental Association. their d husband Joe in Dr. Carol Wolff an rian ta ge ve up cooking mountain house a is f garden. Dr. Wolf fare from their Atlanta. general dentist in with Smith elanie M hat e d n th ard a quite w is d o E h r. ral D n, w a gene r Benso is te h h g it u a d is an r. Sm s and ado. D u n b io m c fi lu a Co oner in practiti an. m s r tdoo u o id v a Dr. Stan Halpern (center) with (from left) daughter Abby, wife Robin, daughter Natalie, and future son-in-law Woody Hales. Dr. Halpern is a periodontist in Woodstock. 18 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 District, Alliance Leaders Discuss Challenges and Hopes for Next Year The GDA welcomed new presidents for the seven GDA districts and the GDA Alliance dental spouses’ organization at an installation event in July 2013. Each of these individuals faces unique challenges as they lead their group over the next year, but they also bring a wide variety of talents and experiences to their new job. Thanks to these eight leaders for their service! tinuing education course that our district promotes every year. Each year we enjoy seeing each event grow with new doctors and larger participation. eign or local outreach that happens on a daily basis not part of a larger GDA initiative. Looking Forward: I am really looking forward to the Annual Meeting at Amelia Island of course. We also look forward to our Eastern District Fall Meeting and GDA Officer Visit on October 8 in Washington, and our legislative receptions. The Augusta event is November 12 at West Lake Country Club and the Athens event is November 19 at the Athens Country Club. And our LAW Day is February 12, 2014. Eastern District Dr. Brad Hall The Family: My wife Kimberly and I just celebrated our 10th anniversary. We have a 2-year-old daughter named Avery and a 5year-old Boston Terrier named Brady. The Practice: We built a scratch practice in Athens at the end of 2006 where I practice general dentistry. The Hobbies: Once upon a time I spent a considerable amount of time and effort trying to resuscitate really old tractors. Then it turned out fixing teeth was so much fun that I was comfortable with it consuming literally all my time. So much so, that I’d always say my job was my hobby too. Very recently however (the last two years to be exact), I’ve had this strange new desire to be home by six and find fun things to do on the weekend not necessarily related to occlusion. District Challenge: Our district challenges are not markedly dissimilar to our colleagues around the state. We recognize and are concerned about the impact that student debt has on young clinicians and practice model shifts. We are also very concerned about access and attitudes to care. Though Clarke County is very small geographically, it is very near the top in poverty rate. Organizationally, our district also has to overcome our geographic polarization and the distance between our member hubs, Athens and Augusta. District Asset: Without question, our strongest asset is our membership. While Georgia Regents University is a unique resource, across the district we have a strong history of volunteerism and stewardship. Volunteers staff two free clinics in Athens alone, not to mention the silent for- Central District Dr. Ched Smaha The Family: I have been married for one year to my wife Ashleigh. We have two dogs and enjoy many hobbies together. We both play golf, and enjoy movies and spending time with family. My newest hobby is sailing. I am attending sailing school in October. I’m very excited! The Practice: I am an orthodontist in Macon and Warner Robins. I work with my father, Dr. Charles Smaha, who started our practice in 1972. Our motto is “Smiles By Smaha.” We make a great team! The Hobbies: I enjoy golf and sailing as I said above. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, football games, racing remote control airplanes, scuba diving, and playing soccer. District Challenge: Our biggest challenge is to get doctors that don’t come to many meetings to start coming again. Luckily, we don’t have that many of those doctors! District Asset: Loyalty. Our district has a lot of depth with several influential members. But our strongest asset is loyalty. We have great meeting participation and win the LAW Day competition every year by a landslide! Looking Forward: I hope to build stronger relationships with the members of our district. My goal is to energize as many people as possible and promote as much leadership as I can. We have an annual New Dentist Reception and con- Northern District Dr. Carol Wolff The Family: I have been married to my husband, Joe, for 39 years. We met in college at Emory the very first day and were married the day before graduation. We do not have human children but have shared our love with almost human doggies for several years. Right now we have two dogs—Lola, a wonder mix of sweetness, that we rescued almost 10 years ago, and Lillie, a bichon cutie, who is 3 1/2 years old. I am very close to my two sisters, Nancy and Betty Ann, who live in Atlanta and work with me. My mom, Marcia, is the rock behind us all. The Practice: My practice is located in busy Buckhead, but on the quiet street of Maple Drive. I own my building with Dr. Rutledge Forney, a dermatologist, who shares the building with me. My general practice is varied in character. I have been in practice 28 years. The Hobbies: I like walking and hiking, gardening, and traveling. I especially like working at my house in the mountains and discovering new and interesting places up there. I also love to cook. Because Joe and I are both vegetarians, we especially love LEADERS Continued on page 20 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 19 LEADERS Continued from page 19 growing fresh vegetables and going to local farmers’ markets. District Challenge: Getting involvement from members. We are the largest district, but have the same problems with getting member involvement and fighting apathy. We would love to have the younger members get involved both on the local level and on the state level, especially in the legislative area. We have so much potential; we just have to harness it. District Asset: We have wonderful leaders in the Northern District. Our other asset is we have a lot of diversity in the Northern District. Looking Forward: I am looking forward to a year of excitement. I want to see a lot of energy with our membership, young, older, and diverse members becoming active. We have so much to offer members as far as camaraderie. We have ready access to legislative involvement, practice and business consultation, and social activities. We have a full schedule of continuing education programs throughout the year— just check www.ndds.org. Our legislative reception is at 103 West on December 11. This is a great chance to meet those legislators who can make rules that affect what we do and how we practice. And we had a wonderful Boots and Bling Ball in August to raise funds for our charitable dental clinics. Thanks to everyone who took part. The Practice: I have practiced periodontics for 30 years. I relocated my practice from Marietta to a new office in Woodstock six years ago. Dental procedures that I enjoy doing include bone and gingival tissue augmentation, dental implants, and cosmetic periodontal procedures. I am a visiting Clinical Instructor with the periodontal residents at Georgia Regents University. The Hobbies: I enjoy playing golf, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with my family. District Challenge: Our biggest challenge as a district is to get more dentists involved in organized dentistry. We will be very focused on recruitment and retention and new dentists this year. We are getting more people involved on committees and many of them are younger dentists. District Asset: Our strongest assets are our many involved younger dentists supported and mentored by veteran dentists with a wealth of dental knowledge and experience in the affairs of organized dentistry. I am very much looking forward to working with dentists that I have known for many years and also leading and working with many younger dentists. Looking Forward: One of the many strengths of the ADA, GDA, and Northwestern District is the way that we work and the relationships that we have in governmental affairs. Our Legislative Reception (Fish Fry) will be on December 4 in Cartersville. We will have our LAW Day on February 19, 2014. We also will have Dr. Pat Little speak to us on embezzlement and fraud in the dental office at our membership meeting. I encourage all of our members to attend these events and bring a dentist who is not involved. most weekends in the summer. I have a 15year-old mixed breed dog, Molly, that we rescued from a trailer park while I was in dental school, and she’s been with me ever since. I also have two parakeets, Oscar and Felix. The Practice: I am a general dentist. My practice is primarily adult restorative, although I do have patients of all ages. My average patient age is 60, but I have a few who are over 100! I like the restorative challenges of treating older adults. I designed my office myself and built it in 2001. It is located in Midtown Savannah, and I have been very happy working there. I enjoy my patients and I have the most wonderful staff, most of whom have been with me since I started. The Hobbies: I am a passionate gardener, and spend time working in my garden almost every day, even if I only have a few minutes to pull weeds! I love flowers, particularly perennials. My kids like to plant some vegetables in the summer. I read all the time—I love my Kindle app on my iPhone! I also love to cook, and my favorite thing is having all my family gathered in my house eating food I have cooked for them. District Challenge: Like other districts, our challenge is reminding our dentists how important it is for them to get involved in the GDA and be active! Dentistry is changing rapidly, and there is no more effective way of protecting our patients and our profession than to participate in organized dentistry. District Asset: My district’s strongest asset is our people. We have wonderful, caring, talented dentists, hygienists, assistants, and administrative staff. Looking Forward: As president, I am looking forward to doing my part to provide value for our member dentists. While I am president, I want to create opportunities for the dentists in my district to get together, let them know what the GDA is doing for them and what they can do for the GDA, and throw in some good CE, some good food, and a party or two along the way. Northwestern District Dr. Stan Halpern The Family: My wife, Robin, and I have been married for 28 years. She used to work in the dental field but has been busy raising our two daughters, Natalie and Abby. She has also done underwater photography and learned with Jean Michel Cousteau. Natalie graduated from Wake Forest and works for the American Dental Association in governmental affairs in Washington, DC. Natalie will be getting married in September. Abby just graduated from UNC and will be attending Georgetown University for her masters and then hopefully going to dental school. Southeastern District Dr. Julie Ann Routhier The Family: I have a very large, close, loving family and we love to spend as much time together as possible. I have two sons, Russell aged 9, and Will aged 5. Our favorite thing is to spend time at our beach house on Tybee Island, where you can find me and the boys, my parents, my brother and his sons, my aunts, uncles, and cousins 20 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 Southwestern District Dr. Greg Morris The Family: I met my wife Megan after returning to Valdosta once I completed my orthodontic training and residency at Vanderbilt. I practiced general dentistry in Valdosta before I made the decision to specialize. We have three sons, Nicholas (4), Andrew (2), and Connor (1 month), who keep us on our toes! We attend Crossroads Baptist Church and enjoy the church family found there. The Practice: I currently practice in Valdosta with long-time partner and mentor Wayne Hester. I opened a satellite office in Waycross in 2003 where I continue to practice, and also operated a satellite practice in Moultrie from 2005 until earlier this year. With the boys coming along in the last few years, I recently sold the Moultrie location to devote more time to my growing family. The Hobbies: Jogging and biking with Megan and the boys around our neighbor- hood provides some key family relaxation. We love boating and wakeboarding at our lake house in Cherry Lake, Florida. I have been fortunate to participate in several pheasant hunting excursions in South Dakota and I also have the opportunity to quail hunt with some dear friends each year in South Georgia. I love college football and Nicholas and I are coaching Andrew on his “GO DAWGS” chant! District Challenge: Our district is spread over a large geographic region. Our district charitable care events require careful consideration and even with the best logistical planning, it is difficult for some of our members to participate. Hosting multiple district patient care events allows more members to get involved in improving access to care in our area. For example, last year we held the Give Kids a Smile program in the western part of the district in Albany and this was balanced by the annual Kingdom Care event held in Waycross. It is also necessary for us to host two legislative events each fall to accommodate our member locations. District Asset: Without question, the Southwestern District’s strongest asset is and has been our people. We have been blessed to have members such as Mark Ritz, Bill Broadfoot, Ed Green, and Wayne Maris, just to name a few, who have contributed so much to our district as well as the GDA. Ed is still extremely active and has been joined by Jay Phillips and Chris Hasty in filling some key GDA positions. Within our district, I have been involved with a fantastic Executive Committee including Amanda Merritt, Keith Crummey, Bo Broadfoot, and Bonita Richter. Alan Sanders has been a phenomenal organizer during his tenure as Secretary / Treasurer and Larry Black has served admirably as our district’s editor and been a key participant in our EC structure. Steve Sample has been a dedicated Trustee to the GDA and does an outstanding job keeping us involved at the state level. These people, and many others like them, have served as inspiration to me LEADERS Continued on page 22 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 21 LEADERS Continued from page 21 and to others in our district by exemplifying service to our profession. Our committed leaders help to keep us united. Additionally, we have made every effort to host district continuing education speakers of the highest caliber. We have had Linda Miles, Rhonda Savage, and Charles Blair in just the last two years and our member attendance, as well as office staff, has been very high. This seems to help when we are working to maintain our membership numbers as well. Looking Forward: I am honored to serve the members of the Southwestern District. I have the most enjoyable time at our member meetings and very much look forward to visiting and catching up with colleagues from all across our district. It will be my distinct pleasure to lead the member meetings. My involvement with the GDA Board of Trustees has reinforced the need for all of our members to be involved with Association legislative efforts. I want to encourage as many members as possible to attend a legislative reception either in Valdosta on November 14 or in Albany on November 21. The legislators really need to see our united support. Finally, I attended my first LAW Day last year and was absolutely blown away by how well our GDA has organized these events. The messages we took to the Capitol were clear and our legislators were very eager to meet with us. I hope we can organize a large contingent from our district to the 2014 LAW Day event on March 26. The Hobbies: My hobbies include hunting, fishing, and chasing our baby around. I do a lot more of the latter than the former these days. District Challenge: The biggest challenge our district faces on a continuing basis is participation, or the lack thereof. Our greatest strength is also our biggest weakness, and that is the size of our membership. We are the smallest district in the GDA with under 200 members. We know each other better than most of the other districts but sometimes getting everyone to participate can be a challenge. District Asset: Right now our strongest asset is our core of present and past officers. We have a great group of former district officers who are always there to help and give advice when it is needed. Looking Forward: I am looking forward to getting our district members together more often this year. I hope to see everyone at our two continuing education courses this fall. On September 26 we are holding a course on embezzlement prevention, and October 10 we are featuring an OSHA Western District Dr. Edward Smith The Family: My wife Melanie and I have a toddler daughter named Benson. I was raised as an Army brat, living in various countries as well as different regions of the United States. But I am a Southerner at heart so I decided to settle down in Columbus where my parents grew up. The Practice: I am a solo practitioner and have had my own general practice in Columbus for 10 years. 22 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 update course. Our Christmas party will return to The Big Eddy Club in Columbus this year on December 5 and I hope we see a big turnout. Our LAW Day date is February 26 right in the middle of the legislative session, so our attendees should have an interesting time. The Hobbies: I love gardening, decorating, good books, antiques, movies, and most of all time with family and friends. I can be found most any early morning in our yard checking on the plants. Alliance Challenge: I think our biggest challenge is keeping the organization strong and active. Membership is crucial. Everybodyâ€™s time is valuable and their priorities differ. Our lives today are so busy and obligated. Alliance Challenge: Our strongest asset is our ability to work together for the common good of dentistry. The fabulous friendships we make along the way sure donâ€™t hurt. Getting involved makes it all happen! Looking Forward: We have a lot of great events planned for the fall and winter. We offer members a chance to get together on October 3 for a tour of the Botanical Gardens and lunch at the Ansley Country Club. Our annual Wellness Retreat is November 15-17 at the James Madison Inn in Madison. There are registration forms on our web site www.gdaalliance.com. GDA Alliance Mrs. Janelle Kauffman The Family and The Practice: I grew up in Wichita, Kansas. A lot of my family still resides in that area, so I am out there about every other month dealing with the journey of aging parents and other family. Thom (Dr. Thom Kauffman) graduated from Loyola Dental School in Chicago and completed his residency in the Army. His practice has always been in downtown Atlanta. He is completely immersed in new technology. I keep looking for some slight sign of slowing his pace down but that has not happened. We have four children, all busy doing their thing. Our four grandchildren are our pride and joy at this time. Our little dogs Biffy and Gracie are often mistaken as our children. GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 23 Dr. Marshall Mann Discusses Association Strengths in Acceptance Speech Little did I know when I became GDA Vice President what might be the main emphasis of my term as President. As a matter of fact, I did not know that less than a month before I took office the emphasis would change so drastically. But here we are as Martha Phillips retires and the GDA is about to embark on a new and challenging trail. Our executive director search committee is now in place, headed by our newest Past President Dr. Sidney Tourial. The committee will conduct a national search until a new executive director can be voted on. We can never “replace” Martha or what she has done for the GDA, but your leadership will strive to find the best qualified applicant to complement the outstanding staff Martha has built at the GDA office. This monumental process will certainly take time—not weeks, for sure, nor years, but most likely months. We will most assuredly keep you all well-informed during the process. In the coming months we will also face other challenges. Others may feel that without an executive director we are in a weakened position. I warn them that the GDA is as strong as ever, and it would be a mistake to make such an assumption. We will continue to protect the patients of Georgia and the dedicated professionals who serve them. If challenged, we will respond, just as we always have, not missing a beat. This is why I felt that my theme should be to build on the theme of President Tourial, “Because TOGETHER we are diverse, TOGETHER we are strong, TOGETHER are ONE GDA!” In May, citing “a disturbing dental divide in America,” the ADA launched Action for Dental Health, a national campaign to reduce the number of Dr. Marshall Mann prepares to give his presidential acceptance speech on July 24 at the GDA Annual Meeting. adults and children with untreated dental disease. This campaign is designed to address the dental health crisis in three areas: providing care NOW to people suffering with untreated disease, strengthening and expanding the public / private safety net, and bringing dental health education and disease prevention into more communities. In Georgia, the results of the workforce census commissioned by the GDA found what we already suspected. Georgia has enough dentists to serve the state, but many of our citizens aren’t taking advantage of the adequate supply of dentists and accessing needed care. When you see within the census that only 19 private practice dentists cannot take new patients, and 43% of public health districts aren’t busy because patients don’t show up for appointments, then it’s obvious that there isn’t a lack of dentists. There is a lack of demand! So, how do we marry the results of our census with the ADA’s campaign? I believe we continue our efforts to educate patients and continue our initiatives to address access to care, such as referral and education programs for patients seen in emergency room settings, encouraging legislators to pass bills that provide incentives to practitioners who practice in underserved areas, and encouraging legislators to structure Medicaid and PeachCare programs to make it easier for dentists to participate. GDA dentists do their part! Just witness GMOM 2013 where we treated thousands of patients over two days, or the Give Kids a Smile Day events held every year throughout the state. The GDA is leading in many of the areas that the ADA 24 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 identified as goals in their Action for Dental Health campaign. We will not rest, we will continue to lead! I would like to conclude by offering some thanks. When you mention mentors, I have a long list. Howard Jones, Ty Ivey, Nelson Conger, Mike Rainwater, John Freihaut, Mark Ritz … the list could go on. To all of our Northwestern District members who lend their talents, time, and advice, I thank you. To my partner Jason Oyler, thank you for the understanding and patience it takes from a practice standpoint to become involved. But I need to acknowledge one special mentor. Russell Ragsdale from Rome, and the 109th GDA President, took me under his wing when I returned to my hometown to begin my practice. I remember the first time he picked me up to take me to the legislative “fish fry” that was held at that time at Red Top Mountain State Park near Cartersville. Russ retired into my practice a few years later and always reminded me of the obligation we have as members to be active in our Association and continue the work of protecting the patients of Georgia, our profession, and our educational and professional standards. Russ is no longer with us, Others may feel that without an executive director we are in a weakened position. I warn them that the GDA is as strong as ever, and it would be a mistake to make such an assumption. We will continue to protect the patients of Georgia and the dedicated professionals who serve them. If challenged, we will respond, just as we always have, not missing a beat. This is why I felt that my theme should be to build on the theme of President Tourial, “Because TOGETHER we are diverse, TOGETHER we are strong, TOGETHER are ONE GDA. but I hope that his lesson will always be a beacon to us and lead us to encourage others to join in our efforts for the betterment of the GDA and the patients we serve. I can’t let this moment go without a couple more thank yous. First, to my best friend and companion, my wife Leanne. You haven’t been with me for this entire journey, but you have supported me faithfully and always kept me from taking myself too seriously. I love you with all my heart and half my liver. One last thank you goes to Martha Phillips. Your counsel, and the special way you have to make sure the GDA always stays the course will surely be missed. It must be hard to guide and direct a new president every year, but you did it seamlessly, never lecturing but always shepherding. The GDA will always be grateful for your leadership! Thank you all. I am truly humbled to be your President! GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 25 GDA Honorable Fellowship Awarded for Distinguished Association Service Each year at the Annual Meeting, the Georgia Dental Association recognizes a select group of dentists for their distinguished service to the Association by naming them as Honorable Fellows. To become an Honorable Fellow, a dentist must in addition to their GDA and district service also demonstrate integrity, honesty of purpose, and adherence to the Code of Ethics of the ADA; be actively involved in their community; and be an Association member for 10 or more consecutive years. This award is one of the highest that the GDA can bestow. Congratulations to these GDA Fellows for their recognition. Alston Jay McCaslin VI, DMD Dr. McCaslin, a practicing pediatric dentist in Savannah, graduated from University of Kentucky Lexington dental school and received his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the Medical College of Georgia. He is a past president of the Southeastern District and served as a district Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the GDA House of Delegates. He served for multiple years as the GDA Council on Dental Health Children’s Dental Health Month Liaison. Donald F. Brown, DDS Dr. Brown graduated from the Emory University School of Dentistry and practices in Atlanta. He currently serves as Vice President for the Northern District, and has served as a Northern District Delegate to the GDA House of Delegates. He is a member of the Northern District Executive Council. He has volunteered as the Prosthetic Lead for the Georgia Mission of Mercy in 2011 and 2013. Erik H. Wells, DMD Dr. Wells currently practices general dentistry in Athens in the Eastern District. He received his dental degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He is a past president of his district and currently serves as the district’s Trustee on the GDA Board of Trustees. He is a sitting member of the GDA Finance and Workforce committees and serves as the Information Technology Liaison on the GDA Public Relations Committee. A. Stuart Loos, DDS Dr. Loos is a graduate of the Emory University School of Dentistry, and completed his orthodontic residency at Howard University. He operates a specialty dental practice in Canton. He has held numerous volunteer roles at the Northwestern District level, including serving as a district Alternate Delegate to the GDA House of Delegates. He currently serves as Vice President for the Northwestern District. He is a past Tennis Chairman at the GDA Annual Meeting. Michael M. Wright, DMD Dr. Wright received his dental degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City and completed a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at MetroHealth Medical Center in Ohio. He obtained his MD degree from the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon and currently practices as an oral surgeon in Macon. He has served as a past president of the Central District and on the district’s Executive Committee, as a Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the GDA House of Delegates, and on the GDA Board of Trustees when he was Central District President Elect. 26 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 Association Honors Georgia Dentists for Outstanding Community Service The GDA established the Community Service Award to recognize member dentists who distinguish themselves by extraordinary service to the quality of life and health of persons in the local, state, national, or international community via dentistry. The intent is to honor members whose volunteer commitments reflect well on the Association and raise the profile of all dentists. The GDA was pleased during the Annual Meeting to honor Dr. Richard Bennett of Northern District and Dr. John Peacock of the Northwestern District as Community Service ambassadors. President Dr. Sidney Tourial presents Dr. Bennett with his Community Service award during the 2013 Annual Meeting. Dr. John Peacock Dr. Peacock has taken part in a multitude of volunteer efforts with the 14,000member First Baptist Church of Woodstock (FBCW), the Georgia Mission of Mercy (GMOM), and the Georgia Baptist Mobile Health Ministry. He has served with the FBCW’s Medical, Dental, and Vision Team since 2005, and participated in numerous health mission trips to Honduras, El Salvador, and Puerto Rico as part of that team. He has volunteered with the Georgia Baptist Mobile Health Ministry since 1994 and annually conducts multiple GDA Community Service health service projects with that group, award recipient Dr. John Peacock has served in reaching out to disparate groups such multiple dental volunteer as migrant laborers and carnival workers. roles, including with the As the Facilities Chairman for the Georgia Mission of Mercy Georgia Mission of Mercy in 2011, he in 2011 and 2013. secured the FBCW campus to host the huge clinic, encouraged his fellow church members to volunteer, and worked tirelessly to coordinate hundreds of setup and breakdown details. He also served as Medical Chair for GMOM 2013. Dr. Peacock provided charitable dental care and recruited other volunteer dentists as part of the FBCW’s LoveLoud community outreach program for five years, and regularly provides charitable care within his office. “John has been a role model and a quietly modest one as he has enriched lives in Woodstock, Georgia, and internationally,” said district Past President Dr. Terry O’Shea. “He has been a great ambassador for dentists’ public image. John has encouraged, cajoled, and motivated many other dentists to get involved in projects in the community. He thinks we are all afraid of a phone call from him because he will be begging us to help.” Dr. Peacock graduated from North Georgia College in 1969, and received his dental degree from Emory University in 1973. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1973-75, and after his term of active duty service established a private practice in Woodstock in 1975. Dr. Richard Bennett The Good News Clinics, a charitable organization that provides a wide range of free health care services to the underserved and uninsured residents of Hall County, is the lucky recipient of Dr. Bennett’s staunch support. Volunteers at the Green Warren Dental Clinic within the Good News Clinics provide acute dental care, prevention and nutrition education, and cleanings and examinations. After starting as a Green Warren volunteer dentist, Dr. Bennett became so passionate about the services the clinic provided to indigent Georgians that he recruited several additional volunteer dentists to donate their time, including the dentists who became part of his practice. “He is so effective at recruitment that I cannot think of a dentist in Gainesville that does not volunteer at Good News,” said colleague Dr. Ben Hawkins. Dr. Bennett was selected to serve on the Good News Clinics’ Board of Directors and became board president in 2008. Under his leadership the Good News Clinics have grown exponentially and now provide more than 17,000 patient visits per year. The clinics have received numerous awards during his tenure and serve as a national model for charitable health care operations. “He feels strongly that the success of GNC can be replicated in other communities to address the growing number of uninsured in our nation,” said Cheryl Christian, Good News Clinics’ executive director. “Dr. Bennett is truly a role model for dentists.” A native of Jesup, Georgia, Dr. Bennett graduated from Georgia Southern University and received a DMD degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. After his graduation from dental school in 1998, Dr. Bennett established Bennett Family Dentistry in Gainesville. In 2011, Governor Nathan Deal appointed Dr. Bennett to the Georgia Board of Dentistry. He currently serves as president of the Board. GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 27 28 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 GDA Members Celebrate Milestones The GDA recognizes membership milestones and other member achievements during the Awards and Installation Breakfast during each Annual Meeting. Congratulations to these dentists for their service and hard work! Committee Chair of the Year Dr. Matt Mazzawi 2013 Annual Meeting Committee GDA 25-Year Members Central District Dr. Sidney Baggett Dr. Jonathan Griggs Dr. Jay Harrington Dr. David Magusiak Dr. Deena Smith Eastern District Dr. Jeffrey Dent Dr. Joseph Dromsky Dr. Ralph Jackson Dr. Julie Marshall Dr. Frederick Rueggeberg Northern District Dr. Gary Bartholomew Dr. Gale Clarida Dr. Gregg Codelli Dr. Sidney Galloway Dr. Darrel Gilbert Dr. Robert Golden Dr. Mark Hastings Dr. Fred Hedrick Jr. Dr. Kiran Kamdar Dr. Debra King Dr. Richard Majeska Dr. Gregory Marks Dr. Robert Marshall Dr. George Michaels Dr. Robert Oâ€™Donnell Dr. David Pearson Dr. Michael Ragone Dr. Fred Simonton III Dr. Larry Sweeting Dr. Peter Vanstrom Dr. Matt Walton Northwestern District Dr. David Buran Dr. Michael Howard Dr. Jeff Kincaid Dr. Parvin Ledford Jr. Dr. Holly Markwordt Dr. William McLendon Dr. Gerald Smith Dr. John Walton GDA 50-Year Members Central District Dr. Charles Lewis II Eastern District Dr. Joe Campbell Dr. Jerry Crawford Northern District Dr. Allen Blass Dr. Hal Raper Jr. Dr. George Slappey Jr. Dr. William Stiefel Jr. Dr. William Wall Jr. Northwestern District Dr. Roger Hajosy Dr. Lyndon Harder Dr. Thomas Pickron Dr. Robert Tilley Southeastern District Dr. Leon Aronson Dr. Jackson Proctor Dr. William Ray Jr. Southwestern District Dr. William H. Chitty Dr. William E. Gandy Dr. Jack H. Leverett Sr. Western District Dr. Cephas V. Thomason III Presidential Commendation Dr. Richard A. Smith Eastern District Dr. Steven Adair Dr. Andrew Allgood Dr. Randan Ashmore Dr Marion Durst III Dr. Phillip Miller Dr. Barrett Trotter Dr. Joseph Wilbanks Northern District Dr. James Anderson Jr. Dr. Melvin Baker Dr. David Bordeaux Dr. Donald Brown Dr. Jeffrey Carstens Dr. Robert Cook Dr. Robert Ellis Dr. Harold Fountain Jr. Dr. Peter Heller Dr. Durwood Johnson Jr. Dr. George Quintero Dr. Marion Stafford Northwestern District Dr. Page Barden Dr. Joseph Dufresne Dr. Carl Levitt Dr. Joe Moses Dr. Carl Peterson Jr. Dr. Gerald Samson Dr. Barry Stacey Dr. James Todd Dr. Harold Woodall Dr. Russell Wright Southeastern District Dr. Thomas Graham Dr. Celestino Perez Southwestern District Dr. Robert Parrish Dr. Larry Perkins Dr. Ralph Proenza Dr. John Roan Western District Dr. Thomas Isaac Dr. Cecil Myers Jr. Presidential Citation Mrs. Susan Tourial Legislator of the Year State Rep. Lee Hawkins GDA / ASDA Awards Dr. Connie Drisko 2013 Outstanding GRU Faculty Member Shiven Gandhi 2013 Outstanding GRU Student Member State Presidential Terms Dr. Sidney Tourial GDA President 2012-13 Mrs. Tammy Fussell Alliance President 2012-13 ADA Life Members Central District Dr. John Bowman Dr. Lee Godfrey Dr. Harold Hickam Dr. Thomas Maxwell Dr. Richard Mixon Dr. Robert Vedder Retirements Mrs. Martha Phillips GDA Staff 1977-2013 Dr. Connie Drisko Dental Dean 2003-2013 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 29 GDA Annual Meeting Photo Look Back: See More Photos at GADENTAL.ORG Dr. Lee and Alison Andrews with their children Katie, Kelly, Lauren, and Noah and other eager Family Fun Night ticket holders. Dr. Lee Hawkins receives the GDA Legislator of the Year award from President Sidney Tourial for his work on the bill that moved the Georgia Board of Dentistry away from the Secretary of Stateâ€™s office. Carolyne Witson and Mia Bhasin with some of the prizes available on Family Fun Night. Dr. Sidney and Susan Tourial, Dr. Donnie and Fran Brown, and Volunteer Party chairman Dr. Richard Sugarman on their way to the party. Dr. John Johnson of Southeastern District listens during the GDA House of Delegates. Dr. Doug and Debbie Torbush with proof everyone has fun on Family Fun Night! Dr. Ryan Vaughn, Dr. David Allen, and Dr. Thom Kauffman at the GDA Volunteer Party. Dr. Kara and Geoffrey Moore, Drs. Amy and Mike Loden, and Drs. Katie and Cameron Garvin at the GDA Volunteer Party. Dr. Mike Vernon (but more especially Debbie Vernon) happy with their GDIS door prize in the GDA Exhibit Hall. 30 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 Alliance President Tammy Fussell with husband Dr. Timothy Fussell, daughter Rachel, and family friend KC Smith. Retiring Executive Director Martha Phillips with 14 GDA Past Presidents at the Volunteer Party at the GDA Annual Meeting. The presidents, lower row: Drs. Leon Aronson, Ed Green, Don Johnson, Jay Harrington, Donna Thomas Moses, Sidney Tourial, David Allen, Richard Smith, and upper row: Mike Rogers, Mike Vernon, Lee Hawkins, Richard Weinman, Jim Hall, and Ty Ivey. Dr. Donald and Carrie Nelson and Dr. Craig and Kathy Taylor at the GDA Volunteer Party. Drs. Richard and Becky Weinman and Dr. Chris and Helen Adkins at the GDA Volunteer Party. Dr. Bobby and Tish Shirley dancing to Yacht Rock Revue during the President’s Party. Dr. Troy and Robanne Schulman with children Easton and Kennedy and grandparents Rose and Bob at the Family Fun Night Dr. Schulman chaired. Dr. Jay Phillips was a star on Family Fun Night during the Ken Scott Magic Show. Dr. Katie Garvin, Dr. Brook Corbett, and Dr. Kristen McDonald at the President’s Party. Alliance dental spouse members ready to have fun at the President’s Party. General Chairman Dr. Matt and Leanne Mazzawi and President’s Party chair Dr. Evis Babo and husband Stephen Weizenecker. GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 31 32 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 classified ads Dental Related Services How GDA members can place classified ads AD FORM: Submit all ads on a GDA Classified Advertisement Form. To obtain a form, call Skip Jones at (800) 432-4357 or (404) 636-7553, or email email@example.com. (Note: The GDA may accept or reject any ad for any reason and in its sole discretion.) For Sale: E4D Crown Milling Machine, like New, $80K, Awesome Deal! Call Dr. Will Miles for additional details. (229) 344-5636. Dentist available during emergencies, vacation, CDE courses. I have a current license, DEA certificate, and insurance. Contact me at (706) 291-2254 or cell (706) 802-7760. I hope I can be of service to you. Patrick A. Parrino, DDS, MAGD. Dentists Available for Locum Tenens Dentist will fill in for illness, vacation, or continuing education. Licensed, insured, DEA #, call (404) 786-0229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. DENTIST: Need Part Time Fill In? Vacation, Illness, Maternity? GENERAL DENTIST SOLD LONG ESTABLISHED PRACTICE. GA & DEA LICENSED. (Available Expanded Atlanta Area.) Cell: (404) 219-4097. Home: (404) 842-1196. Jesse Hader, DDS. Positions Available Busy, established practice in the Grayson area is seeking an experienced full-time general dentist to join our team. Excellent location in a fast growing area with a dedicated staff. Must be able to do molar root canals. Call (770) 831-6602 or fax CV to (770) 831-6608. AD DEADLINE : Ads and ad check payments are due by the first of the month before the publication month (i.e., Dec. 1 for January). AD RATES: ADA member dentists pay $75.00 per 60-word ad per month. There is a 25 cents per-word charge for each word over 60. Non-dentist-owned companies (real estate firms, etc.) pay $195 per 60-word ad per month (additional word charges as above). Non-member dentists may not place ads. CLASSIFIEDS Continued on page 34 LATE FEE: Ads for which full prepayment is not received by the first day of the adâ€™s publication month (i.e.; Nov. 1 for a November ad) will incur a $25 late fee in addition to the ad rate. FORMS OF PAYMENT: Submit a check or money order with the ad form. (Make checks payable to GDA.) Credit cards are not accepted as payment. WEB SITE PLACEMENT: Prepaid ads will appear on the GDA Web site www.gadental.org for the month the ad appears in print. Non-prepaid ads will NOT be placed online. GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 33 CLASSIFIEDS Continued from page 33 Pediatric Dentist needed including hospital and sedation care for practices located in Atlanta or Greensboro, GA. Greensboro office is a NHSC Site for a scholar HPSA Score 17. Full-time employment, medical benefits, and paid vacation available. Fax resumes to (404) 349-8459 or Email resumes to email@example.com. For additional information please contact Jackie Williams at (404)671-3802. Dentist Opportunities: Copperhill, TN / McCaysville, GA. Dental Partners is one of the fastest growing family dental practice groups in the Southeast. We give you the ability to focus on patient care while earning a base of $125K-$200K and the opportunity to earn more based on production. Benefits package of medical / vision / life / FSA, 401K, professional liability, and yearly CE allowance. Relocation and student loan repayment assistance program available. Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ashley Reimiller, Director of People Development, (321) 574-8003. Expanding Pediatric Dental Group Seeking Dentists for our Atlanta-Based Practices! Large and collegial dental group in the Atlanta region seeking GENERAL Dentists for growth & expansion. Brand new, state-of-the-art facilities (fully digital), clinical autonomy, advanced technology, & well-trained administrative support are a few benefits this opportunity has to offer. Compensation is in the 80% of MGMA. Offer will include comprehensive benefits package including PTO and sign-on bonus. Full and / or part-time positions available. New grads welcome to apply. Please email cover letter and CV to email@example.com. You can visit us on the web at www.tebodental.com. Specialist or General Dentist for our Atlanta-Based Practicesâ€”Endo / Perio Preferred! Large and collegial dental group in the Atlanta region seeking Endo / Perio Dentists for growth & expansion. Brand new, state-of-the-art facilities (fully digital), clinical autonomy, advanced technology, & well-trained administrative support are a few benefits this opportunity has to offer. Compensation is in the 80% of MGMA. This is a part-time position that requires traveling between 2 office locations. Please email cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit us on the web at www.tebodental.com. Dentist opportunities North Georgia: Dental Partners is one of the fastest growing family dental practice groups in the Southeast and is seeking dentists for PT or FT opportunities in Georgia and Tennessee. Flexible days / hours and competitive pay plus benefits. Call or email Ashley Reimiller, Director of People Development, (321) 5748003 or email@example.com. Web site: www.dental-partners.com. Part-Time Associate needed for fast growing general, private practice in Kennesaw / Acworth area. 2-3 days per week. Fee for serviceâ€”all digital office. Please send CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Part-Time or Full-Time Associate Dentist Needed: Well-respected, qualityoriented, successful, fun, general practice with several locations in the greater Atlanta area looking for a full-time or part-time general dentist. We are seeking a personable, motivated general dentist to join our practice family. This opportunity can transition into a full-time position with potential partnership opportunities for the right candidate. We offer excellent compensation and growth opportunities. Interested professionals may email their CV to Karen Dawson-Davis at Karen@tralongo.net. 34 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 Dentist: Need part-time Oral Surgeon and Endodontist. Very friendly office, good compensation. Please call (678) 620-5001 or email email@example.com for more information. We are growing and need to add another General Dentist to our team! If you are looking to work in a fun, fast-paced and financially rewarding environment â€Ś let us know! We are an established practice in the northern suburbs averaging 60+ new patients per month. 8 ops available and we offer a full range of services to our patients. New grads welcome. Mentoring and training available. Please email resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Large dental practice is looking for comprehensive, experienced, patientcentered, and motivated general dentist to join our practice located in Sugar Hill, GA. We are a well-established, growing family practice with a steady flow of new patients. Practice is fully digital and features CEREC CAD / CAM technology. FFS and PPO patient base. High earning potential for a motivated dentist. Interested professionals may email their CV to Martha.email@example.com. No phone inquires please. CLASSIFIEDS Continued on page 37 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 35 36 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 CLASSIFIEDS Continued from page 35 Coast Dental is one of the largest providers of general and specialty dental care in the United States with practices in California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Texas. Coast Dental is currently looking for General Dentists and Specialist to practice in the greater Atlanta area. We have full and part-time opportunities available for experienced dentists to practice where contributions are valued and the sky is the limit on opportunities to grow. Coast Dental offers competitive wages with sign-on bonuses available for select locations, a great benefits package and a chance to work with advanced technology and devoted people who take a visionary approach to making every patient’s smile a work of art. If you are interested in an opportunity in one of our practices, please email psherberg@ coastdental.com or apply online at http://www.coastdental.com/careers/dentists. General Dentist Needed: LaGrange, GA. We are looking for a General Dentist to join our team in a part-time position. We practice a wide range of dental procedures. Please email resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to: (706) 885-9940. GEORGIA—ATLANTA. Multiple pediatric dental offices in Metro Atlanta are seeking pediatric dentist and general dentist to work in an extremely successful, expanding business. We offer a team motivated working environment and a competitive salary. We believe in a high level of patient and parent education and making sure that children have an excellent dental experience at each visit. Our practice provides all levels of care, including oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia at local hospitals. Candidate must have excellent communication skills, be enthusiastic and motivated. For more information please call (678) 923-4466 or email brian.friedman@ dentistry4children.com. Visit our web site at www.dentistry4children.com. Part-time Associate Dentist Needed: We have an outstanding part-time opportunity for a general dentist in our successful, well respected, quality oriented private dental practice in the Alpharetta / Milton area. We are seeking a special, motivated, personable general dentist to join our practice. This opportunity can transition into a fulltime position with potential partnership opportunities for the right candidate. We offer excellent compensation and benefits. For additional information, please contact Ms. Moseley at (678) 735-4590 or at email@example.com. Practices / Office Space Available North Georgia: Long-established predominately fee-for-service practice available for purchase. Practice collects approximately $800K annually on 15-16 days per month. Four treatment ops, 1 hygiene op, and 1 additional plumbed. Office is 2300’ with a 1500’ upstairs apartment. Easy Dental, 5 stations. 19 new patients per month, refers out implant placement, perio, ortho. Practice located in historic district of downtown. For information, contact Dr. David Griggs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 593-5852. Dental Space Available! Duluth, GA— Already built-out and plumbed with dental equipment! Convenient location located off Sugarloaf Parkway near I-85. Built in 2007, 3-6 operatories, sterilization, consultation room, kitchen, front office, and private doctor office. Split design dental space. Perfect for new dentist or specialist satellite office. Upscale building in a high growth area with excellent demographics. Move in ready! Contact Aubrey Scher at (404) 384-8800. CLASSIFIEDS Continued on page 38 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 37 CLASSIFIEDS Continued from page 37 Practices for Sale: ATLANTA ORAL SURGERY #8887—Gross Collections $895K; COLUMBUS AREA #8824—Gross Collections $389K; ATLANTA PERIO #5241—Gross Collections 1.3M; ATLANTA / DUNWOODY AREA ORAL SURGEON ASSOCIATE #8887—Board certified / eligible OMS needed immediately; SUBURBAN ATLANTA ASSOCIATE NEEDED #8832; WEST GA PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATE NEEDED #8906; NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS ASSOCIATE NEEDED #8884; NORCROSS DENTAL OFFICE FOR SALE #8816—1750 sq. ft. + 600 sq. ft. condo collecting $500 per month. For more information, call Dr. Earl Douglas (770) 6641982 or email email@example.com. DEKALB COUNTY. Extremely well established FFS practice. Four ops equipped (can add another). Collecting $400K plus can be easily grown. Terrific opportunity! Please call or email for details using reference #GA1038. For more information call (678) 482-7305, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.southeasttransitions.com. DALTON AREA. 6 operatory general practice with room to expand! Building also for sale. Must sell quickly! Please call or email for details using reference #GA1037. For more information call (678) 482-7305, email email@example.com, or visit www.southeasttransitions.com. Dental Space for Specialist in Greater Atlanta! Stockbridge, Fayetteville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Woodstock, Stone Mtn, and Riverdale locations. Ideal for Pediatric Dentist, Periodontist, Endodontist, or Oral Surgeon looking to add satellite location or new startup. Already plumbed & fully equipped with 5 operatories and room for 2-3 more. Save time & build-out costs! Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specialists: Opportunity for Oral Surgeon, Pedodontist, Implantologist, Periodontist, Endodontist, or other specialist to build your own practice in beautiful North Georgia TriState area. General dentist has space for you to start your practice and then expand with your business growth. Ideal for recent graduate starting your new practice or established specialist wanting to create a satellite office. Call Randy to discuss details: (706) 745-6848. 38 GDA ACTION SEPTEMBER 2013 Inside This Issue • Honorable Fellows Recognized for Distinguished Service • Rural Dental Health Scrutinized at Legislative Conference Suite 200, Building 17, 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Atlanta, Georgia 30328-1655 www.gadental.org ACTION DATED MATERIAL PLEASE DELIVER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE